Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are small dogs (15-25 lbs.) classified as Non-Sporting Dogs. The breed is an ancient Japanese hunting dog developed over 2,000 years ago to hunt birds and other small game.
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Jester002
03/06/2010

Shiba Inu 2

A small game hunting breed, these dogs are independent and wary of strangers. However, they are loyal to family members and can be somewhat affectionate. Although they adapt to various living arraingements, they still need room to run and play. Additionally, obedience training may be a challenge, it would be well worth the time and money in their early years. Care and maintenance is minimal because these dogs tend to groom themselves. However, I would not recommend this animal as a dog park or off leash dog due to their hunting drive.

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Betafox24
08/07/2009

Shiba Inu 5

Shibas are amazing. At first, when I researched about them on the internet, I was turned off by the very independent style of personality and that you have to socialize them real early in life.

It is true when they are little..... But if you train them well and treat them right, they reciprocate the love and respect that you give them.

I'm talking about my sister's shiba inu and everyone adores him. All of our friends and family desperately want him but he is not for sale.

I plan on getting a shiba in the near future but taking care of two mischievous ferrets is a handful!

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jaspersmom1
07/12/2009

Shiba Inu 4

I can't believe how intelligent this breed is! They are so spunky and so smart and I really love them. They do have to be socialized early on and will try to one up you if they get the chance. This breed is full of life and fun and are so adorable. I know one Shiba Inu that when she wants to play, she comes up to me and hits me with her rear. Makes me laugh everytime she does it.

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ChazzyBass
05/07/2009

Shiba Inu 5

At first I thought I would lose my mind with this Female Shiba Inu. But a year later,(Currently 2 1/2 but I did purchase her as a puppy) I cannot recommend another breed more. What a joy this dog has brought to me and my family. I went to buy a dog for my 3 and a half year old. OK I am a softy with my daughter (only) and I gave in on a dog I had no idea about. The breeder raised a few different breeds and I had all intentions of getting a Boxer. But my 3 year old saw this little thing playing by herself with a ball. She was laughing at it and said I want this one. He also breed Bull Dogs. I even suggested that but she had her mind made up on this female Shiba Inu. I got it home and looked up on the net all I can find on her. Well I was not pleased at all. Independant.... Not great with small children...... Not great with other animals..... Needs to be socialized to get along with others....... runs away...... Tough training....... Wow I said to my wife what did I do. She was no help either "You let a three year old tell you what dog to get"...I thought about it and she was right. Its not like me. But the dog is here and my daughter got attached to it real fast. The first year. I was replacing my daughter toys on a daily basis even with all the doggy bones, toys and exercise. After that, I have a more than enough affectionate, intelligent, caring, heart warming, enjoyable dog I can ever hope for. This is a great breed and not like what some of the reports say they are. You give this dog the care it requires you will see amazing things happen. Its high intelligence makes it think of ways of paying you back all the things you have given it. Extremely intelligent dog it is. She learns and appreciates everyones personalities and works with you. You just have to do the same. Tough at first but it will turn out to be one of the best or the best dog you ever had.
But at first expect your dog to be poopin" crayons, string, pieces of shoe,...... you will find pieces of shoes, toys and buttons on the floor, and thats with someone home during the day. After that!
Expect to have a dog who will protect and alert you when someone approaches your home or apartment and not overly bark at someone who is just crossing the street. Expect a dog to put up with a young daughter dress ups. Expect an obedient dog (except when it does go out without a leash, they are right about that one). Expect a very trainable dog (can sit, stay, lay down, roll over, jump, speak, not beg while you eat, etc). Expect a dog who loves to be around the family and appriciates you as much as you appreciate your dog. Extremely Lovable. Also no longer chews up anything but her own toys. Recommend getting one. Some of the post recommend not getting two. Although I will not rule it out, but, I never had two dogs at one time.

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objectiverevie w
01/17/2007

Shiba Inu 5

these are the most beautiful dogs of their size. I just got a shiba puppy and she is the cutest thing i have ever seen. This breed does need to be socialized alot when they are young. they can sometimes be shy and reserved.

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Naruchan
05/11/2006

Shiba Inu 5

Shibas are great dogs but not for everybody. If you are looking for an independent, very intelligent and high alert companion then the Shiba is the right dog.. but if you want to have a dog who just adores you and listen to you all the time... stay away from this breed!

We have a 6 months old Shiba... and we really fell in love with this breed so we decided to get another one =D

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spwhites
08/25/2004

Shiba Inu 3

We have two Shibas and they are beautiful dogs, but not very obedient. The obey when they want to. They try their hardest to find ways to escape from the backyard. They are loving , but we aren't able to take them places like we'd like too since they are constantly trying to escape. We love them, but would not get another one.

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ewalsh71
06/07/2004

Shiba Inu 4

As other people have said here, the Shiba Inu is an amazing, loving dog. My Zoey is very affetionate but not overly so, highly intelligent, a problem solver. She learns very quickly, but only obeys when she feels like obeying. She is also an escape artist who has absolutely no respect for vehicle traffic. She needs to be kept on-leash at all times away from the house. She is great with kids and with other people, but will bark her little head off if someone comes to the door or is skulking around outside. Very playful but quick to yelp if she gets into a situation she doesn't like.

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kinder2001
04/23/2004

Shiba Inu 3

These wonderful catlike animals are more indipendant than loyal. Most adopted by their owners because they are such cute and do not realize what they are getting into. They end up giving them away if they do not run away themselves. If you truley love your Shiba, you know that you can never trust him or her off a leash. Part of their apeal is their quirky unpredictable personalities. I LOVE MY SHIBA - but I do not plan on getting another in the future.

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Jello
04/21/2004

Shiba Inu 5

My shiba is the coolest ever! Shes annoying, but still really cute

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Lawrencer2003
03/13/2004

Shiba Inu 4

I have two of these wonderful creatures. They make me laugh every day, are always up for adventure and keep me on my toes. (They are always thinking!) A dog for an experienced owner willing to work at establishing a strong bonded relationship.

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fitcha
09/30/2002

Shiba Inu 5

I love my Shiba. He is a great dog with such a personality. He is a quick learner and easily trained - although he only "comes" when he wants to. Playful and fun, curious and cute. Drawback - cannot be trusted off-leash.

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john davies
03/09/2002

Shiba Inu 5

What a smashing dog.Medium-sized,gorgeous-looking,with a striking foxy colour,the husky-spitz family smile and the well-defined athletic definition of a (small) Akita.And a winning personality to match:friendly,intelligent and loyal.I'm only surprised by their relative rarity.

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ErictheFederal ist
06/06/2001

Shiba Inu 5

If this is what we in Norwegian call "elghund" or 'elk hound", this was for a long period of time my favourite dog, still it's among the three at the top! :-))

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CastleBee
02/17/2001

Shiba Inu 5

I know a family who got a Shiba a little over a year ago. One of the cutest puppies I have ever seen! At only about 10 weeks of age, I was struck by how calm and intelligent he was. From all reports he has grown into a very wonderful dog.

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d.fe440et
05/07/2000

Shiba Inu 5

Fantastic Dogs! Great medium size (the standard is only about 20-25 lbs, but many are actually considerably larger), athletic (good running partners), beautiful (like a cross between a husky and a fox), interesting personalities, nice level of independence (affectionate but not annoyingly dependent). Only negative is that they require a good bit of training to be safe off-leash.

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